The Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 2, 2017
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, Collect for The Fifth Sunday in Lent)
April 2, 2017– 10:00 - Who’s Who
Greeter – Christine Davison; Host – Roy Black; Scripture – Stew Wood and
Elizabeth Higgins; Psalm and Prayers – Judi Shank; Chalice – Karen Smith and
Jane Carroll; Announcements – Pam Hanson; Counters – Jon Chaffee and Bev
Barton; Altar Guild – Barb Coulter and Barb Lather; Verger – Holly Hall; Coffee
Hour – Beth Neal and Bambi Smithers Koeniger; Acolytes – Jonathan and
April 3 – Office Hours 9--12
April 4 – Office Hours 9--12
April 7 and 8 - Sabbath Day
APRIL 1 - Altar Guild Spring Cleaning is Saturday April 1 starting at 9:00 AM. Coffee and Munchkins will be available. NOTE - we will be changing the Altar after church on the Second.
April 2 - Parish Discretionary Fund – On Sunday, April 2, the loose offering and any checks marked Discretionary Fund in the memo is given to the Parish Discretionary Fund. This fund is used to help meet the needs of people in our area during difficult times in their lives. The funds are generally used to help with electric bills or car repairs, rent or securing a security deposit for a family. We are finally able to start distributing funds again. The need continues to be extremely high with requests coming in almost every day. Please be as generous as you are able. This is an important ministry of our Parish. Thank you, Scott
April 4 - Lenten Series – Having Conversations that Matter – Tuesday, April 4th our Lenten Series will continue – Having Conversations that Matter from 6:30-8:00 in the Parish Hall. We will gather for discussion and conversation. Each session is independent of the others. Hope you will join us!
April 8 - Pysanky – Ukranian Easter Eggs - A workshop for making pysanky – wax-resist dyed eggs – will be offered 2-5pm Saturday April 8th in the Parish Hall. Please RSVP to Pam Hanson firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can purchase enough eggs. You don’t need to bring anything, but wear older clothes in case of any spills or splatters. Children may attend if an adult is present to assist them. A small donation to cover the cost of materials would be appreciated.
April 24 – Bible Study – Due to Holy Week and Easter we will skip our normal April 10 gathering. We will meet next on Monday April 24 at 7 PM in the parish House. The readings for the week are Acts 2:14a,36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, and Luke 24:13-35 . All are Welcome !
Holy Week and Easter Schedule
Sunday, April 9 – Palm Sunday 8 and 10 AM – Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
Monday, April 10 – Monday in Holy Week – 7 PM Holy Eucharist
Tuesday, April 11 – Tuesday in Holy Week – 7 PM Holy Eucharist
Wednesday, April 12 – Wednesday in Holy Week – 7 PM Holy Eucharist
Thursday, April 13 – Maundy Thursday – 7 PM – Holy Eucharist, Setting of the Altar of Repose, Stripping of
Friday, April 14 – Good Friday – 7 PM – Reading of Passion, Prayer, Communion from the Reserve
Saturday, April 15 – Holy Saturday – 9 AM – Prayer and scripture
Saturday, April 15 – The Great Vigil of Easter – 8 PM – Lighting of the Paschal Candle, scripture, The Frist
Holy Communion of Easter
Sunday, April 16 – Easter Day – 8 and 10 AM Holy Eucharist
Announcing our New St. Paul’s Pledge Secretary - With deep and heartfelt thanks for the many years that Dee Roberts has served as the pledge secretary at St. Paul’s, the Vestry accepted her resignation this year, and has officially appointed David Davison (after asking, and his acceptance, of course!) to serve in that position. Please address any questions about your pledge to David: (802) 359-3078 email@example.com.
Wood Needed - Kathryn's Girls Scout troop is looking for pile wood (1/2 inch to 3/4 inch) and 2x4’s for a project for their Silver award. They are making collection boxes for the Plainfield food shelve. They are trying to make it a green project by using leftovers from other projects. Please contact Marge Brennan if you have any leftovers.
Maundy Thursday Soup and Bread Dinner??? – Are you interested in having a simple soup and bread dinner (6 PM) on Thursday, April 13, before the Maundy Thursday service at 7 PM. If so, please gather with Pam Hanson at coffee hour to coordinate the event. This dinner will only happen if you come together and organize it. (set-up, clean-up, organize the food etc.)
From the Altar Guild -
- The envelopes for Easter Flowers are in the pews. If you are writing names for Memorial or Thanksgiving, please PRINT clearly. If you use one of the larger forms, please give it to Fr. Scott or a member of the Altar Guild.
- Altar Guild Spring Cleaning is Saturday April 1 starting at 9:00 AM. Coffee and Munchkins will be available. NOTE - we will be changing the Altar after church on the Second.
- Memorial Communion Linens - Poster is hanging in the Parish Hall, please be sure to check it out. Donations may be made toward the project by making your check out to St. Paul's, with Memorial Linens in the memorandum line.
Thanks, Judi and Barb.
Good Friday Offering – now through Good Friday – We will be collecting toward the Good Friday Offering from Sunday, March 26 until Good Friday, April 14. This offering is collected across the Episcopal Church to support the four dioceses in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. The money collected is used to promote peace and mutual understanding through pastoral care, health care, and educational programs throughout the region. Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s with Good Friday Offering in the memo. To learn more about the Church’s work in the Middle East please visit www.episcopalchurch.org/goodfridayoffering . Thank you for generosity, Scott
Good Neighhbor Health Clinic Dinners – we need your help!
Who: St. Paul’s Church commits to
What: Provide dinner for 8-10 volunteer staff (entrée and side dishes OR soup,
bread & salad OR a 1 dish meal: really whatever you might prepare at home!)
When: On the 4th Monday of each month, delivered by 5pm,
Where: To the Clinic in downtown White River Junction.
How: Please sign up to provide a meal, either on your own, or as a team with others!
Please consider signing up on the sheet on the Parish Hall bulletin board for a month after that. Contact Pam Hanson with any questions: 603-558-1239 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Upper Valley Haven Food Shelf needs your help – Thanks for your generosity last week! The Top 5 needs at the Haven Food Shelf this week are cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, milk and, tuna.
June 17 and 18 River of Life Pilgrimage in White River – Save the dates for fun and educational events near and on the river June 17 and 18. Details are being ironed out but will include presentations and fun at the Montshire Museum, paddling on the river at Kilowatt Park, worship with Bishops from across New England. It should be a great couple of days so plan on partaking! More information to follow. Keep alert!!
May 31- July 9 – River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage - …join us for a day, several days, a week, or the entire journey! Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a spiritual journey of renewal, restoration, and reconciliation, shaped by the Christian tradition around a series of activities along the Connecticut River, from the Source to the Sea. For more info: http://kairosearth.org/ Sponsored by Kairos Earth and Dioceses of Province One (New England) of the Episcopal Church.
Listen Community Dinner - Our Listen Community Dinner went very well thanks to the outstanding volunteers and all those who cooked a casserole and baked cookies! The numbers eating dinner was low yet, we had ample food with many take home meals with very small portions of casserole left and no cookies. The remaining Listen Community Dinners in 2017 are: May 15th, July 17th, September 18th, and November 20th
Weston Priory - Weston Priory is a quiet restorative place of peace and acceptance. Anyone is welcome to attend their services. Please check Weston Priory website for days Brothers are on Sabbath or on retreat.
Holly plans to attend 11:30 service two Saturdays, March 25 and April 8th. If you would like to go to either service, please let her know. We would meet at St Paul's at 9:15 and return close to 3pm.
Knit and Purl Fellowship - meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 in our Parish House. All are welcome and all crafts are welcome.
Caring for Our Most Vulnerable Children - Do you want to contribute to the well-being of the children in your community? Consider volunteering as a court-appointed children’s advocate – become a Guardian ad Litem. There are many children in the Family Court system because of abuse, neglect, delinquency or custody disputes.Volunteering to become a Guardian ad Litem means YOU can be a voice for a child and speak to their best interests during the court process - helping get them to a safe, permanent home quickly. Comprehensive training and ongoing support are provided. Next 3 day training is May 3, 10, 17 at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, VT. To inquire about the VT Guardian ad Litem program and/or obtain an application, please email Alicia.email@example.com or visit the website at www.vermontjudiciary.org/gtc/Family/GAL.aspx.
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St. Paul’s Vestry: Pam Hanson, Senior Warden; Greg Taylor, Junior Warden; Bev Barton; Jon Chaffee; Cindy Dale; Holly Hall; Stuart Johnson; Rich Kremer; John Monfette.
Please send event and prayer updates to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 9 – Palm Sunday
April 9 – Concert by Hanover High School Chorus
April 9 – 15 – Holy Week
April 16 – Easter Day
April 30 – St. Paul’s Quarterly Meeting
May 31 – July 9 – River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage